KwaZulu-Natal’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Africa’s largest estuarine system, is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The uMfolozi River, long artifically separated from the lake, is again flowing into it, restoring the...
Greg Butler, Australian conservation agriculturalist, recently spoke to SA farmers about smart production strategies and innovation in a competitive farming environment. Jacques Claassen reports from the Conservation Agriculture Western Cape...

Long live the leopard

Leopard populations are at risk across their range. Research conducted by the Limpopo Leopard Project has resulted in an adaptive management system for leopard conservation. Carnivore ecologist, Ross Pitman, spoke...

Plough for more

SA Weather Service weather forecaster in Bloemfontein Aslam Sardiwalla confirmed that it was a tornado that caused havoc in Bethlehem and surrounding areas on Saturday 23 June.
The sub-Saharan African agri-food system is undergoing significant changes.
Growth in the agricultural industry declined by 12,6% in the third quarter of 2015, and agricultural economists fear the sector will struggle to pull itself out of recession in 2016.
The Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) recently called on government to focus on the crisis facing South Africa’s poultry industry, rather than on transformation.
Free State Agriculture has petitioned the South African Employment Commission of the Department of labour to implement an inflation-related wage increase for the agriculture sector for the next three years.
Organised agriculture in KwaZulu-Natal has questioned where the money will come from to fulfil an ambitious plan by the KZN Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs (DAEA) to create 28...
After 80 years, the family business Engelke Blomme continues to produce outstanding flowers, despite a highly competitive market. Glenneis Kriel spoke Günther Engelke about their success.
The theft of agricultural produce costs South African farmers billions of rand a year, not only through the loss of produce, but in additional expenses, such as fencing, to improve...
‘Don’t romanticise small-scale farming’ was the message at the recent Potatoes South Africa symposium held to discuss speeding up black economic empowerment through partnerships.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) should announce how it intends determining whether a farming business is characterised as large, medium or small for the purposes of AgriBEE by...
South Africa’s municipal fresh produce markets connect those who grow our food with those who eat it, says Dr Justy Range, business development manager, Freshmark Systems. But there’s room for...
The expropriation orders served on Gauteng farmer OJ Botha and the ­Lutheran Church this month mark the start of ­applying the government's ­controversial policy of negotiating no longer than six...
Stephanus requested a home redesign that accommodates hunters during the hunting season. Find out what Jonno comes up with.

Lake house splendour

I received a request from regular Farmer’s Weekly reader Wayne to design a home which will be situated on a private development estate, located in the Karkloof area of KZN.
Baking, as I’ve mentioned before, is a dark zone of potential failure and damaged emotions. But sometimes, there is light at the end of the oven. Here is a totally...
A family in Botswana asked me to design them a Scottish-style, double-storey home. The living area had to be on the ground floor and three bedrooms had to be upstairs.

Lamb curry

Curries are an old Indian delicacy filled with a mix of herbs and spices and tantalising aroma. Find out how you can cook up a mouthwatering lamb curry.
Dear Jonno, My husband and I are planning our retirement home on our newly acquired farm in the north-eastern Free State. We enjoy your innovative ideas in the Farmer’s Weekly...
Fairly common, especially among free-range layers, this can be a hard habit to break – so prevention is better than cure.
As many extensive farmers in the Karoo know, raising lambs successfully can be an enormous challenge. Farmer Flippie Loock from the Middelburg district knew he had to find an alternative,...
You hear the shot of the rifle and feel the recoil, but the animal runs. What should you do now? To learn about tracking, Gerhard Uys spoke to Willem van...

Let’s hear it for the reds!

Some dismiss red pigeons as "hawk feed", others have had great success racing them. Thomas Smit says colour is only skin deep.
The enclosed sleeping area for pigs should take up about a third of total pen size.
The SA government’s misdirected approach towards aquaculture is clear, especially when compared with the situation in neighbouring countries.
Challenge. I hope that my readers will regard this word in a positive way, instead of as something to be dreaded. I say this because the fresh produce sector faces...
Thinking of using uncertified plant material in your fruit orchards? Think again. The cost of doing so might be far higher than you imagine, according to researchers from the South...
Growing tomatoes in Pongola in summer is not for the faint- hearted. But the Terblanche family has fine-tuned its programme and picks tomatoes year-round, with many benefits for the sugarcane...
How we can use grasses as an intercrop to improve water-use efficiency and yield stability in semi-arid conditions. Rohan Orford reports.

Imasa 2013

If you consider the role it has been playing in the fresh produce sector in recent years and its limited resources – both financial and human – then you can’t...

Changeable chillies

There are approximately 22 species of Capsicum, of which five are grown commercially. However, some of these can be crossed with one another to produce different varieties.
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